Clockwise from upper left: Jenny Lewis, My Brightest Diamond, Elephant Stone, Shinedoe. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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It's natural for Leonard Cohen to think a lot about mortality near the end of his life, but Ron Sexsmith says Cohen has never sung about "frivolous things." Dominique Issermann hide caption

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Conor Oberst staged a 14-band benefit concert last summer on a street in his hometown of Omaha, Neb., to raise awareness about immigration laws. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Monsters of Folk. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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